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The Manchester Literature Festival Blog

  • Review: The Things I Would Tell You

    November 16, 2017

    Maryam Hessavi reviews our event with writers from the anthology performing their work Hosted by award-winning Sabrina Mahfouz, The Things I Would Tell You event offered insights, experiences and performance from Asma Elbadawi, Nafeesa Hamid and Hibaq Osman, who form part of the twenty-two strong compilation of writers self-identified as ‘British Muslim women’. Sabrina, who shares this […]

  • Review: Refugee Tales II

    November 16, 2017

    Usma Malik enjoys an event with writers  reading stories from the Refuge Tales II anthology. This is not an actual title of one of the short story collections that make up Comma Press’s Refugee Tales. It’s how I’ve synthesised the message of the stories. In fact, even the phrase ‘short story collection,’ may be slightly misleading. […]

  • Review: Elif Shafak and Nadeem Aslam

    November 16, 2017

    Maryam Hessavi is inspired by our event with novelists Elif Shafak and Nadeem Aslam “Where to begin” – was the place at which Erica Wagner initiated the event, setting up the primary concerns and philosophical line of conversation that would formulate an intellectually invigorating and moving discussion between these two powerful writers, Elif Shafak and […]

  • Review: Zaffar Kunial

    November 16, 2017

    Chad Campbell reports from our event with poet Zaffar Kunial, reading new work commissioned in response to the art of Raqib Shaw Poet Zaffar Kunial and painter Raqib Shaw share some common ground. Both have roots in Kashmir (Kunial through his father; Shaw by birth) and England (Kunial by birth; Shaw by virtue of having […]

  • Review: Imtiaz Dharker

    November 16, 2017

    Namra Amir is impressed by a performance of MLF-commissioned work from poet Imtiaz Dharker at Manchester Art Gallery As the Manchester Literature Festival nears the end, I thought I couldn’t be further impressed or surprised by the events. Little did I know that Imtiaz Dharker’s collaboration with Manchester Art Gallery would stun me and revolutionise the […]

  • Review: The Real Story presents Know Your Place

    November 10, 2017

    David Hartley reviews an evening of live essays on the working class experience presented by The Real Story and Dead Ink Books The title of this event, and the book it launches, makes a clear demand of us: not to reflect on our place, not to consider it, but to know it. Taken literally, we […]

  • Review: Kamila Shamsie

    November 10, 2017

    MLF Blogger Abi Hynes enjoys a spirited conversation between authors Kamila Shamsie and Jeanette Winterson at this year’s Festival Kamila Shamsie’s latest novel, Home Fire, is a contemporary take on Sophocles’ Antigone, which takes the guts of the story – the choice between state and family; the lengths we might go to for love and […]

  • Review: Rebecca Solnit

    November 10, 2017

    Young Digital Reporter Jess Molyneux enjoys an evening with Rebecca Solnit and Jeanette Winterson What better note to start on, to combat any jitters we might have had on a wintry Halloween evening, than that Manchester had very recently been pronounced a UNESCO City of Literature. Glowing with pride in that home town of ours […]

  • Review: Simon Schama

    November 10, 2017

    Young Digital Reporter Matthew Singleton reports on our event with Simon Schama It was a packed and perhaps surprisingly loud auditorium prior to the talk, considering the focus of the on-stage conversation would be on an 800 page, 5-decade-spanning tome. But that is the appeal of Simon Schama, a man known for his engaging histories […]

  • Review: Roddy Doyle

    November 10, 2017

    Young Digital Reporter Elizabeth Gibson reviews our event with Irish novelist Roddy Doyle As I prepare to see Roddy Doyle at Manchester Literature Festival, I muse on the last time I encountered him: a couple of years ago, in an event based around his gentle, humorous Barrytown series. I am aware that tonight will probably […]